Christmas stories written by my favourite author Max Lucado is a heartwarming book filled with touching yet interesting fictional stories. The stories of course revolves around the Christmas festive and mood.
The fictions are not the traditional stories that meet your expectations about salvation in this season of great love and grace. It over-exceeds expectations as the stories integrate elements of surprises and miracles and show how God is never boring. The way He communicates with us and shows His abundant love for us are limitless. One of the stories that strike me the most is the one about the special candle in which any prayer requests will be answered if it is made over that particular candle. Part of the stories show how interesting God is in revealing Himself to us, mere humans. Yet, at the same time, the twist of the story show how there need not be any objects or symbols for God's love to be present. As long as we have faith in Christ and God's love and grace, things work out for the best somehow.
Last but not least, I need to understand that it is not the focus on my faith but on Jesus Christ's faith and to rest in it. I love the book in that it focuses on miracles that abound during this season and how nothing is impossible with God and He wants the best for us in ALL areas.
***I received a complimentary copy of this Bible, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***
Christmas Stories by Max Lucado is the most recent ebook that I've received from Thomas Nelson for reviewing.
It's a fairly short book of short stories by Max, and as you could probably guess by that title, they relate to Christmas. Most (or maybe even all) of them are listed as being taken from other books by Max, and are basically being grouped together in this themed book instead of being spread across many books.
The book actually has two main sections. The first one is pretty much exactly what I expected from a fiction book by Max. They are stories of different people in different places and eras, all set around Christmas. They are sweet, maybe even a bit sappy at times if you don't think too much about it to notice exactly how many involve dead parents, runaway or pregnant rebellious teens, or both.
The second part of the book changes from being stories about people to being more biblical focused. Some of them are a lot more like I would expect from one of Max's non-fiction books... going into the origins of things, or offering a different view of Joseph or from the perspective of the angels. He does go a bit more into fiction in some parts of this section too though, such as an imagined battle between angels and demons trying to prevent baby Jesus from being born.
It's a nice Christmas themed read... nothing too heavy... and pretty much just what you'd expect it to be if you are familiar with Max's writing both in fiction and non-fiction.
Truly a book full of heartwarming stories presented in a style that only Max Lucado can do. These stories will touch your soul and bring tears to your eyes as you snuggle up to get lost in faraway places in both past and present.
Of all the stories, my favorite has to be "The Answer is Yes". It's a story about a man and his daughter and how love will always be able to forgive - no matter how big the mistake. Make sure to have tissues on hand, as this one made me cry.
I also enjoyed how Max brought to life Joseph and his role in the life of Jesus. Joseph is not discussed much in the Bible, but this truly made me step back and consider how it must have been for Joseph and how it affected his life.
One other great piece worth mentioning is a short article on Santa Claus. This look at the man/saint is a fantastic piece that needs to be read by all!
Although all the stories and outtakes are good, the above three are my favorites. This book is certainly a must to everyone's library - and not just for Christmas!
I received this book through the Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.